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Saturday, Sept. 28
Support the boys' soccer program at Marblehead High School by having your car washed. The team's car wash and canning fundraiser will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the high school's circular drive at 2 Humphrey St. A $20 donation is suggested, but donations of any amount will be accepted.
Celebrate the fifth annual Public Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Moose Lodge, 50 Grove St. in Salem. Learn about bike safety and travel through an obstacle course (free helmets will be available on a first-come first-serve basis). Visit with McGruff, the Crime Dog from Salem's K-9 Unit; step inside the smoke house to learn about fire safety; explore public safety vehicles; and learn about safety for senior citizens, food and health safety, and the city of Salem's automated calling system. Face painting, coloring and crafts will be available for children. At 1 p.m., Tommy the Moose will present stuffed animals to law enforcement for distribution to children who have experienced traumatic events. Also, The Masons of Massachusetts, in partnership with the Massachusetts Crime Prevention Officers Association and the Massachusetts Dental Association, will donate MYCHIP resources, which provide parents with fingerprints, toothprints, a cheek swab, and a videotape of their child, all of which can be used by law enforcement authorities to help identify a lost or missing child. The event will take place rain or shine.
Local veterans and their families are invited to join Operation Troop Support members at Green Meadows Farm for Operation Troop Support Day from noon to 3 p.m. Festivities include hay rides, tours of the farm fields, which are named for fallen heroes, and live music by the New Liberty Dixieland Band. Admission is free, and refreshments will be available for purchase. The Farm is located at 656 Asbury St. in South Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-3769.
Take advantage of free admission at The House of the Seven Gables as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! program. Visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket will be admitted for free between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The house, which is located at 115 Derby St. in Salem, was built in 1668 and was occupied by three generations of the Turner family before being sold to Captain Samuel Ingersoll. After his death at sea, the house was left to Ingersoll's daughter, Susanna, a cousin of author Nathaniel Hawthorne whose visits to Susanna's home inspired the setting and title of his 1851 novel, “The House of the Seven Gables.” Visit the house to learn more. Tickets are available at Smithsonian.com/museumday. For more information, visit www.7gables.org or call 978-744-0991.
Accomplished Italian classical pianist Francesco Attesti returns to the Endicott College campus in Beverly for a special concert performance with his colleague, an acclaimed clarinetist, Pietro Tagliaferri, from La Scala, Italy. The Cortona Duo's performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Performance Hall of Endicott's Manninen Center for the Arts at 376 Hale St. Admission is free. For tickets and details, visit www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts, or call 978-998-7700.
Sunday, Sept. 29
A silent auction of birdhouses made by local artists and the community at large will take place between 1 and 3 p.m. on Artists' Row at 24 New Derby St. in Salem. The Gimme Shelter Birdhouse Auction event includes live music by BlackDogBrother and food from local restaurants. Birdhouses will be on display throughout artists’ spaces on Artists’ Row. The public is also invited to help make a popsicle stick birdhouse. For more information, contact Laura Potter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-219-7226, or visit www.facebook.com/salemcollective for details.
Salem State history professor Bethany Jay leads a tour to sites that tell the story of the Salem citizens who were at the forefront of abolishing slavery. The tour begins at 1 p.m. at 9 North St. behind the Witch House in Salem, then travels through the McIntire District with potential stops at the Salem Athenaeum and Hamilton Hall. The tour is approximately two hours and ends on Church Street. Admission is free. The event is part of the Essex National Heritage's Trails and Sails weekend. For more information, call 978-745-0799.